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STAYING PUT: Adam Anderson, owner of landscape architecture firm Design Under Sky and a Wavemaker fellow, stands near the remnants of his “10,000 Suns” sunflower installation in Providence. Anderson is still paying off his student loans and says the Wavemaker program is one of the factors that kept him in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

STEM-ing the flow: Is R.I.’s Wavemaker program reducing ‘brain drain’?

Architectural designer Kaitlin DeGregorio was weighing a job offer in New York 2½ years ago when she instead made a commitment to a construction...
TUITION-FREE: Community College of Rhode Island student Davila Jackley, left, meets with classmate William Rider. Jackley is taking advantage of the Rhode Island Promise program.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo pushes to make tuition-free program a permanent Promise

When Davila Jackley graduates from the Community College of Rhode Island this spring, she’ll do so without having paid any tuition. Jackley, 19, is among...
HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO, pictured during a legislative session in 2019, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio answered questions at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative luncheon on Wednesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA

Mattiello: Perennial deficit ‘not an appropriate way to run a government’

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello told business leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t object to many of the economic and educational initiatives contained...
A RENDERING of proposed expansions at Twin River Casino Hotel as part of an agreement with IGT for a proposed state lottery contract. / COURTESY TWIN RIVER WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS/ JCJ ARCHITECTURE

IGT and Twin River extend the olive branch, announce joint lottery...

PROVIDENCE – International Game Technology PLC and Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. have reached an agreement on a joint gaming venture in the state,...
MEDICINAL USE: Lead grower Elizabeth Keyser explains growing medical marijuana plants with special lighting during a tour of the Curaleaf medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility in Ravena, N.Y., in August. / AP FILE PHOTO/HANS PENNINK

Some Northeast states brace for battle over pot

A year ago, marijuana legalization looked like it was on a roll in the Northeast – it had already passed in three of the...

Housing crisis needs champions

Buyers with incomes under $50,000 can no longer afford a home anywhere in the state, according to the 2019 Housing Fact Book issued by...
Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio

Statewide plastic bag ban bill filed in R.I. Senate

PROVIDENCE – The statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is back before the legislature   under a new bill filed in the R.I. Senate on...
GENERAL ASSEMBLY leaders said they were filing legislation Wednesday to address separation of power issued related to the licensing and regulation of compassion centers in Rhode Island. / AP FILE PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ

GA leaders step up dispute with Raimondo over marijuana regulations

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello planned to file legislation on Wednesday challenging Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's...
DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...
Gov. Gina M. Raimondo

Strained relations among R.I. leaders ‘not personal’

In 2015, the state budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sailed through the Rhode Island legislative chambers in what many described as record...
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